81st Academy Awards Stories

Hugh Jackman, Beyonce Knowles and Amanda Sigfried

81st Academy Awards

It was billed as the biggest movie event of the year, and the 81st Academy Awards turned out to be one of the most memorable telecasts in Oscar history. Read a recap of the show and see photos from the Red Carpet, the telecast and backstage. More

Kate Winslet, Sean Penn and Penelope Cruz

The Winners

Best Picture honors went to “Slumdog Millionaire” which also received seven other awards. Sean Penn and Kate Winslet took home the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress. See all nominees and winners

Governors Ball Set Up

Governors Ball Party

Oscar Night wrapped up with the movie industry’s biggest party of the year. More

Kodak Theatre

Oscar Show Preparations

Preparations for the Oscar telecast continue on Hollywood Boulevard and at the Kodak Theatre.

Cheryl Cecchetto

Oscar Party Kit

Throw your own Oscar party! View recipes from Master Chef Wolfgang Puck, get tips for entertaining on a budget and download Oscar ballots and games. More

Conor O'Sullivan

Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Symposium

The 2008 Oscar nominees in the Makeup category discussed their creative process and presented film clips, photographs and models of their work. More

Yojiro Takita

Foreign Language Film Award Nominees Symposium

Directors of the motion pictures nominated in the Foreign Language Film category appeared onstage to discuss their work. More

Andrew Stanton

Animated Feature Symposium

The Animated Feature nominees discussed their film’s development and their creative process. More

Doug Sweetland


The Academy screened of all 10 of the Oscar-nominated animated and live-action short films followed by onstage discussions with the nominees. More

Fashion Show Models

Oscars Designer Challenge

Seven up-and-coming fashion designers competed to have their original evening gown worn by one of the Awards escorts on Oscar Night. See the winning design. More

Street and Sidewalk Closures

Street & Sidewalk Closures

To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of the 81st Academy Awards® show, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. More

Supporting Actress Nominees

Nominees Luncheon

Fifteen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories were among the almost 120 Academy Award® nominees who gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel when the Academy honored this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon. More

81st Academy Awards Poster

81st Academy Awards Poster

The iconic Oscar statuette is spotlighted center stage among the bright, glowing lights of the Kodak Theatre in the official poster of the 81st Academy Awards. More

Forest Whitaker and Sid Ganis

Nominations Announcement

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. More

Oscar Statuettes

Meet the Oscars, Chicago

This one-of-a-kind exhibition in Chicago allows visitors to hold an Oscar statuette, see Clark Gable’s only Oscar and learn how the statuettes are made. More


Oscar Correspondent Contest

In a joint effort by the Academy and mtvU, college students are invited to submit a video showcasing their broadcast journalism skills and proving why they deserve to go to Los Angeles to cover red carpet festivities and backstage celebrations at the 81st Academy Awards. More

Technical Achievement Award

Scientific and Technical Awards Winners

Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented to Steve Hylén, Erwin Melzner, Volker Schumacher, Timo Müller, Jacques Delacoux, Alexandre Leuchter, Bruno Coumert, Jacques Debize, Dominique Chervin and Christophe Reboulet for their outstanding contributions to the industry. More

Mark Kimball

John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation

Mark Kimball, a computer scientist and motion picture technologist with more than 28 years experience in the movie industry, was voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation. More

Oscar Viewing Party

Oscar Night America

On Sunday, February 22, you can participate in the excitement of the Academy Awards festivities by attending one of 52 official Academy Awards viewing parties across the country. The proceeds will benefit local charities. More

Ed Catmull

Gordon E. Sawyer Award

The Academy’s Board of Governors voted the Gordon E. Sawyer Award to Ed Catmull, a computer scientist, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. More

Hugh Jackman


Hugh Jackman will host the 81st Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 22. This will be Jackman’s first time center stage at the Oscar show, although he has previously been a presenter. More

Jerry Lewis

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Actor, director, writer and producer Jerry Lewis has been voted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy’s Board of Governors. Lewis has raised more than $2 billion dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. More

Roger Goodman


Roger Goodman, a seasoned live events producer-director, will direct the Academy Awards for the first time. Goodman has earned dozens of news and sports Emmy nominations and has won 25 Emmy Awards. More

Bill Condon and Laurence Mark


Producer Laurence Mark will produce and writer-director Bill Condon will executive produce the 81st Academy Awards. The two previously collaborated on the 2006 hit “Dreamgirls.” More

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